Healthcare costs were extremely manageable prior to insurance covereage offered through employers.
I own a company here in Chattanooga and do offer healthcare for our employees. But, it would be easier to pay our employees a higher wage and completely exit the health benefits bureaucracy within our company.
But, some would cry at "big business" for allowing them to buy their own personal plan that wouldn't be attached to their employer. It's a matter of personal responsibility. And costs would be reduced just as the article notes similar to auto and homeowners insurance.
Wonder if you two commenters own a smartphone or a laptop or iPad? That competition and free market sure has placed all of those items out of reach for consumers. Those "detail thingys" get in the way when dealing with the facts.
The commenters have personal opinions but do not refute a single piece of information. Insults and sarcasm don't hide the abysmal failure of Barack Obama and the Democratic electorate that is currently destroying our nation.
Thanks for a great article that catalogs many of the failures that lie in the hands of Democrats.
And, that's a fact.
There may have been a time that the Tea Party did help the GOP, as noted. But, they are now more similar to the tactics of far-left organizations than the GOP. The idea of winning at all costs may work at certain times, but it doesn't permit governing.
The really disgusted trait of all of this is that the Tea Party is more enraged at the GOP than Democratic leaders and officials who openly mock them and actively implement extremely destructive politics. As I posted just yesterday, I was a fan of the Tea Party; no more.
Elected officials like our Congressman Fleishmann who exist only because of these extremists are our problem. Ridiculous to vote for the shutdown, then clamor for Chickamauga Lock funding.
As a businessman who came from Texas and visits home frequently, Ted Cruz has a following but it's a very anti-government crowd who are feeding his one goal - to run for president.
We are seeing what we've known, that Obamacare would fail of its own policy problems. The shutdown antics placed a vocal group of showboats on centerstage while other Republicans tried to cut spending and deal with the debt ceiling.
Frankly, if it weren't for the smart move of Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, the deal on the Kentucky dam would not have been made, the Chickamauga Lock would have been one step closer to closure. But I suppose the angry Tea Party supports the closure of the waterways of commerce in Tennessee since our puppet Congressman Fleishmann got his marching orders and voted for the shutdown.
As a lifelong conservative, I am no longer supportive of the Tea Party. Your tactics are exactly like those of the far left.
Absurd. Blind to the point of cult follower. Obamacare is a "success?" Now, I understand that honesty is mutually exclusive with the "progressive", "liberal" agenda. Absolutely no credibility.
I am reading this as I visit family and friends in Texas. Don't be mistaken. Most of the people I've talked with today tolerate Ted Cruz in his home state and view him to be a politician happy to take center stage.
I've been relieved to see Cruz is only fooling some people. I hope he runs for president. He'll lose terribly.
Back to the nature of this article, political friends and enemies are picked by Barack Obama. If you served our nation in protecting us from Nazis or the Japanese, you pay the price. If you're demanding that our immigration laws be ignored, we'll make an exception for you. Allowing an immigrant march on the National Mall while barricading veterans is perfectly illustrative of the party that voted God and Israel out of its ranks. I suppose the veterans now join them being voted out.
As a business owner in Tennessee, I see VW embracing the UAW with our mayor, who was supported by many "Republican businessmen" applauding all the way. I see my employees who will pay more for their health plans due to increased costs passed on by our commercial insurer.
Both of these issues are being supported and pushed by Democrats who are destroying jobs and the rights to have prosperity. Returning to Texas is not out of the question if Andy Berke and his Democrats are successful with this UAW mess.
Haslam as stood against the excess of expanding TennCare back to the levels that existed when Gov Bredesen made cuts to save our budget. Haslam seems to be fighting against the union, but Democrats hold responsibility for both of these issues that is harming our Tennessee economy. Period.